Have you ever heard of www.significantobjects.com? Writers are assigned an inexpensive flea market object and asked to write a fictional story to go with it. The objects are auctioned off on eBay and the profits go to charity. The $2 items sometimes sell for big bucks due to their stories (even though buyers know that the stories are made up).
What a great creative writing exercise! If you have some time, make a new cup of coffee or tea and get comfortable. These stories are fun to read.